Faculty News

Ester Partegas


In __ We Trust: Art and Money

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Oct 3, 2014 – March 1, 2015




Disorder. The curious case of dishevelled art. Artium Collection

Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Oct 10, 2014 – August 30, 2015




Xavier Antin, Kévin Bray, Erik Bünger, Ann Craven, Aleksandra Domanović, Jennifer Fréville, Dominique Gilliot, Jack Goldstein, Alexis Guillier, William E. Jones, Michael Jones McKean (Associate Professor), Mark Leckey, Christophe Lemaitre et Aurélien Mole, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Ceel Mogami de Haas, Maya Palma, Aude Pariset, Pierre Paulin, Elodie Pong, Jon Rafman, Manon Recordon, Sébastien Rémy, Soraya Rhofir, Rita Sobral Campos, Pacôme Thiellement, Stephen Willats

Curated by Céline Poulin

September 13 – October 17, 2014

opening: Friday, September 12 at 6:00 pm

Nièvre’s Historical Archives Center
Commercial space Espace Colbert
Collège Adam Billaut


we float above to spit and sing





Michael Jones McKean: we float above to spit and sing

Curated by Tara Strickstein
Exhibition on view May 17 – July 31, 2014

Opening reception May 17, 6 – 11pm

Emerson Dorsch
151 NW 24th St.
Miami, FL 33127


Emerson Dorsch is proud to present we float above to spit and sing the gallery’s first solo exhibition and Miami debut of Michael Jones McKean.

Best known for his large-scale installations, Michael Jones McKean (Associate Professor) presents a selection of new sculptures, collage, and low-relief wall works in his solo exhibition, we float above to spit and sing. Pressuring the limits of sculpture’s narrative potential, both exhibitions assume the mystical quality of myth or allegory. In this context, art-making is an act of magic or compression in which a representation is made a surrogate, and the process of making this surrogate endows it with power.


In Michael Jones McKean’s sculptures and installations, effigies and representations of natural objects and contemporary technology cohabitate in a narrative system of vignettes, that together function as a meditation on our relationship to objects. His wall boxes, in which elegantly crafted representations levitate in fields of softly-hued light, are situated where the screen and museum display meet ancient narrative sculpture traditions. Under McKean’s keenly historical eye the objects he employs experience a flattening of classification. This flattening exposes an unstable relationship between objects and our shared realities, so that associations can be exchanged indiscriminately from a provocative index of forms.

Considered in a broader archaeological sense, Michael’s practice can be defined by a labored contemplation on the ontology of objects. we float above to spit and sing vacillates between a proclivity for fetishizing and an object-oriented shadow world freed from human associations. A place, the artist notes, “where objects, when they choose to visit us, do so with all their unknowable intelligence and perverse strangeness intact.” His disembodied heads and limbs thus act as placeholders- timeless and out of context – denoting a corporeal, mind-dependent, anthropocentric alternative.

Many of the more exotic materials in the exhibition are embedded, encased, or embalmed inside of representations of other objects. In this type of hoodoo, where objects can contaminate other objects, power is rooted in provenance. Their back-stories provide access to anima or spirit voice. A selection of materials in we float above to spit and sing includes: wood, paint, stainless steel, wigs, prosthetic silicon, makeup, bristle cone pine wood, brass, marine resin, medical arm cast, cell phones, jewelry, clothing, dried Himalayan wild flowers, ancient pottery shards, SeaMarker rescue dye, gem stones, mineral fragments, global meteorite fragments, fabric swatches from ethnographic blankets, coral, vitamins, Adderall and morphine.

Michael Jones McKean (b. 1976, Micronesia) is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Nancy Graves Foundation Award, and an Artadia Award. McKean has been awarded fellowships at The Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and TheBemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Recent exhibitions include the Center for Curatorial Studies: Bard, Annedale-On-Hudson, NY, Horton Gallery: New York, NY, Manifestation Internatiationle d’art deQuebec Biennale, Gentili Apri: Berlin, Germany, The Art Foundation: Athens, Greece, Parisian Laundry: Montreal, Canada and Shenkar University, Tel Aviv, Israel. McKean is currently Associate Professor in the Sculpture and Extended Media department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Concurrent with his exhibition, Michael Jones McKean will be an artist-in-residence May 12-June 15 at Cannonball in downtown Miami. For more information about Cannonball, please visit www.cannonballmiami.org.

Assistant Professor Corin Hewitt wins a Rome Prize in Visual Arts



The American Academy in Rome presents the winners of the 118th annual Rome Prize Competition. The names were announced at the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony held at the Harmonie Club in New York City on 10 April. Recipients of the 2014-2015 Rome Prizes are provided with a fellowship that includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome, Italy.



Letters to Steve Martin

Screen shot 2014-04-07 at 1.11.09 PM

Courtney McClellan (2013-2014 Fountainhead Fellow) 

Exhibition: April 11, 2014 – May 10, 2o14
Opening Reception: Friday, April 11, 2014 7-9pm

Reynolds Gallery
1514 West Main Street
Richmond, VA  23220


Double Sens. Collection du Centre d’Art La Panera, Lleida




Panera Art Centre
Plaza de la Panera, 2,
25002 Lleida, Spain
2/15/2014 – 5/15/2014

Featuring work by Ester Partegas (Associate Professor)

Curator of the exhibition: Giònia Picazo, Antoni Jove Albà This exhibition is part of the trade with the Panera Art Centre to receive the collection of FRAC Corse from June 18 to October 5, 2014. Exhibition from February 15 to May 15, 2014 Monday to Friday from 10 am to 12 pm and 14 am to 17 pm Saturday 14 am to 17 pm



ffiXXed & Ester Partegàs (Associate Professor) 

13 March – 29 March, 2019

Neon Parc
1/53 Bourke St
Melbourne, 3000


The Third Station

The Third Station


The Third Station\\
03.23.14 – 05.11.14
Opening 3/23 from 6 – 8 pm

Laurel Gitlen Gallery
122 Norfolk St.
New York, NY



Corin Hewitt (Assistant Professor) will be opening a new installation called The Third Station at Laurel Gitlen Gallery next Sunday March 23rd from 6-8 pm. The opening will also be a book release party for a new monograph on Corin Hewitt’s work done with Mousse Publishing. The show will be up through May 11th.




Seven Performances

Seven Performances

Corin Hewitt (Assistant Professor) has just published a book entitled Seven Performances. This book, published after the artist’s exhibition at MOCA Cleveland, brings together the documentation of seven installations, produced from 2007 up to the 2013. With texts by the artist and David Norr, Judith Roden, Tina Kukielski, and Rose Bouthillier.

Five for Five



Artemesia Snow
Erik Sanden
Todd Fichter
Mary Eisendrath (Assistant Professor, Administrative Director)
Meg Langhorne

March 8 – April 13, 2014

Opening reception March 8, 2014

Epitome Institute
222 Roosevelt Ave.
San Antonio,TX